Bios of our Conductors

Anna Edwards

Anna Edwards has made a significant impact to the Seattle music scene as a performing artist, music instructor, and orchestra conductor. After performing as a professional violinist and music educator for over 25 years, Anna shifted her…

Mark Perlman

A number of conductors tout themselves as "philosophers of the podium", but Mark Perlman really is one - besides his long experience as a conductor, he also has a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Arizona, and is Professor of Philosophy…

Alan Futterman

Alan Futterman is the Music Director of the Bremerton Symphony, the Peninsula Ballet Orchestra and the Academy Chamber Orchestra. He was previously Music Director of the Dover Symphony Orchestra, Principal Conductor for the Weierstrass…

Tigran Arakelyan - Music Director

Armenian-American conductor Tigran Arakelyan is in his second season as the Music Director of the Northwest Mahler Festival  He is also the Music Director of the Port Townsend Symphony Orchestra, Bainbridge Island Youth Orchestras, and the…

Kevin Helppie - Baritone

Kevin Helppie has been involved professionally in choral and vocal music for over 30 years. He has directed collegiate, church and community choirs in Washington, Oregon, North Dakota, Kentucky and Texas. He studied choral conducting at…